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Occupations That Present Asbestos Risk

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Asbestos is a deadly fibrous mineral, which can cause illnesses or disease later in life. Often, people in the work place are directly in contact with asbestos without ever knowing it. Although asbestos is deadly, its effects may remain unseen for decades. Workers who were exposed to asbestos in the 1950’s or 60s may be experiencing their first systems today.

Asbestos fibers take years to work their way into lung membranes. Once they do, the individual who experienced workplace exposure to asbestos may experience symptoms of mesothelioma. The beginning signs and symptoms of mesothelioma are similar to pneumonia—chest pain, a persistent cough or shortness of breath.

If you’ve been exposed to asbestos and are suffering under the effects of mesothelioma, you may been entitled to a settlement. Call Heard, Robins, Cloud & Black, LLP at (800) 499-1797 today for help with a lawsuit.

Who is at Risk of Asbestos Exposure

Thirty percent of mesothelioma patients are US Navy veterans. Starting in the 1930s asbestos was used in the construction and repair of Navy ships. Asbestos-laden materials were used all throughout the Navy ships (flooring, walls, doors, piping, insulation, etc), and also used in Navy planes, bases, and barracks.

Some other occupations that present risk for asbestos exposure are:

People are still susceptible to asbestos exposure today and some are exposed via second-hand, take-home asbestos exposure

  • Aircraft, auto & HVAC mechanics
  • Carpenters
  • Construction workers
  • Electricians
  • Firefighters
  • Industrial workers
  • Insulators
  • Oil refinery workers
  • Railroad workers
  • Shipyard workers
  • Steel or textile mill workers

Aside from being implicated in causing mesothelioma, asbestos does have several beneficial uses because of its sturdy makeup and extreme resistance to heat. Asbestos is still contained in many materials.

Current Uses of Asbestos

Even today, asbestos is being used to refract heat around boilers, factory equipment, and machinery. It can be used as insulation, a flame retardant for pipe coverings and valves as well. Some other current uses of asbestos include:

  • Heat reducer in automotive parts
  • Insulation for heating systems and ventilation
  • Fireproofing ductwork
  • Roofing materials
  • Flooring and ceiling materials
  • Some adhesives
  • Materials on U.S. Naval ships and oil rigs
  • Materials on trains and in rail yards

Your Options

People who have developed mesothelioma as a result of on the job exposure to asbestos have the legal right to pursue an asbestos lawsuit. Many times a lawsuit is filed years after a worker was exposed to the asbestos. This is simply because mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases take many years to develop into a diagnosable illness.

When someone passes away as a result of a mesothelioma or another asbestos-related illness, family members can pursue an asbestos lawsuit to seek compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one. For more information about asbestos risk occupations or to pursue a mesothelioma lawsuit for you or your loved one, please contact our attorneys at Heard, Robins, Cloud & Black, LLP for a free consultation.

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